Matthew Gurewitsch
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Title Publication Date
Keersmaeker's Bach, Tharp's Brel and Balanchine April 6, 2024
Brahms, Balanchine, and love in three-quarter time etc., plus a nod to Justin Peck April 2, 2024
Busy, busy March 30, 2024
Balanchine's Four Temperaments, Symphony in Three Movements March 29, 2024
Two extra-special stops on Víkingur Ólafsson's Goldberg Variations tour Musical America February 29, 2024
Mostly Mozart from Juilliard415 in tandem with Kristian Bezuidenhout Classical Voice North America February 29, 2024
From Rapa Nui with love November 25, 2023
In memoriam Helen Kamioner (December 5, 1950-May 6, 2023) May 10, 2023
Where are they now? The further adventures of Gran Wilson, a great Tamino... Classical Voice North America February 7, 2023
Drypoint to Technicolor December 9, 2022
In Generational Relay, Bright Young Maestro Takes Baton And Flies Classical Voice North America December 5, 2022
Same zeitgeist, other revelations November 21, 2022
Ingo Metzmacher leads Franz Schmidt's "Buch Mit Sieben Siegeln" Classical Voice North America November 19, 2022
Salome twice over, Mahler and Verdi in Vienna Classical Voice North America November 10, 2022
A Manhattan memorial for Juraj Filas November 10, 2022
Celebrating Beethoven, late but gloriously, In the Norwegian countryside Classical Voice North America August 10, 2022
R.I.P. Juraj Filas (March 5, 1955-December 31, 2021) December 31, 2021
The Amahl file December 23, 2021
A banner year of armchair opera, three banner weeks with Michael Spyres December 20, 2021
At the Met, "Fire Shut Up in My Bones"; in Brussels, "The Time Of Our Singing" Air Mail November 2, 2021
A shot in the arm--make that two shots--for Lyric Opera of Chicago Air Mail September 11, 2021
A woman apart Air Mail July 31, 2021
The fine print: everything else we heard on our last two episodes of "Catch of the Day" June 16, 2021
Three times 88 keys June 14, 2021
Ready for take-off: Randall Goosby June 11, 2021
The Book of Job according to Mr. Beethoven May 21, 2021
The Paris Opera reopens with Marc-André Dalbavie's new 'Satin Slipper' Air Mail May 15, 2021
Catch of the Day salutes Christa Ludwig May 14, 2021
April's last Catch: a limited miniseries begins May 1, 2021
Music in the real world: Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, arranged by Shostakovich April 15, 2021
A basketful of Easter eggs April 10, 2021
Milestones for strings, Black music matters, Muti's Attila... April 2, 2021
Songs with words and songs without March 13, 2021
Our expanding universe March 5, 2021
Three more winners February 8, 2021
Island in the stream Air Mail February 6, 2021
Twist's double feature Air Mail February 3, 2021
Three times lucky (make that four) February 2, 2021
A New Year, a new age? January 9, 2021
In dulci jubilo, or, Year-end Catches of the Day (part 2) December 30, 2020
In dulci jubilo, or, Year-end Catches of the Day (part 1) December 30, 2020
Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura, "In Love and Song" Air Mail December 5, 2020
Bounty - A very lucky Catch of the Day December 1, 2020
Behind the soundtrack of "The Last Dalai Lama?" December 1, 2020
Trick or treat? Catch of the Day meets the Great Pumpkin November 10, 2020
Georgia on his mind Air Mail October 17, 2020
On Mozart's fingerboard, in a lonely cell, footloose in the world... October 6, 2020
When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame October 5, 2020
Paths cross again at summer's end September 8, 2020
Bach of Ages Air Mail August 29, 2020
From the Mariinsky, with love Air Mail August 15, 2020
Bruce Adolphe's Piano Puzzlers AIR MAIL/Arts Intel Report August 1, 2020
Spirits of revolution July 28, 2020
Catch of the Day celebrates Independence July 19, 2020
Stars of the Met, live from around the world AirMail, Arts Intel Report July 17, 2020
New bells and whistles at Catch of the Day June 28, 2020
Opera as it was Air Mail June 27, 2020
How to stream "Catch of the Day," wherever in the world you are June 26, 2020
P.S. on "Creating 'Der Rosenkavalier'" June 21, 2020
Where's the catch? June 18, 2020
On Catch of the Day, a #BLM special June 12, 2020
Sweet Land, from LA Historic Park direct to video April 3, 2020
Russian pianist, Wailuku church are a match made in heaven Honolulu Star-Advertiser March 8, 2020
¡Habla conmigo! Creativity in conversation January 28, 2020
Catch as catch can (October 2019-January 2020) January 14, 2020
Previews of attractions, coming and gone January 12, 2020
No shortage of musical Advent performances this holiday season Honolulu Star-Advertiser November 24, 2019
Contagious October 3, 2019
In memoriam: Jessye Norman Connoisseur, January 1987 October 1, 2019
A deep dive into swirling waters of Russian Chamber Music Honolulu Star-Advertiser September 29, 2019
Behind the scenes with Lorenzo Brewer, founder and CEO of nkoda September 26, 2019
Summertime at Catch of the Day, Part 3 August 12, 2019
Summertime at Catch of the Day, Part 2 (July 28) August 11, 2019
Summertime @ Catch of the Day, Part I (June 30) August 10, 2019
Live on tape, seven great maestros, a man who made waterfalls, and me July 3, 2019
Scrambling to catch up June 17, 2019
Over the moon with Rossini's Rosina, in the dumps with a Verdi Leonora 20 Jun 2019
Franco Zeffirelli June 15, 2019
Hobnobbing with Sellars and Aimard in Herrenhausen 18 Jun 2019
Caught in January (Omega edition) January 30, 2019
'Twas the season January 15, 2019
Speak for yourself, Conrad! October 26, 2018
So, what exactly will it be when the wind blows? September 5, 2018
Make way for La Nilsson, make way for Steve J. August 24, 2018
From the center of the universe and other locations July 5, 2018
Catching up with Deborah Voigt Oper! Das Magazin (Germany), June 2018 June 5, 2018
Bumper crop in brief June 4, 2018
Audrey Luna and her 40 fathers Opera News (May 2018) May 3, 2018
Where Marilyn Horne is at just now Oper! Das Magazin (Germany), May 2018 May 1, 2018
Who's Afraid of Tristan? Not Jonas Kaufmann. Oper! Das Magazin (Germany), May 2018 May 1, 2018
The Easter Bunny says, "April Fool!" April 2, 2018
Opera Aloha! Oper! Das Magazin (Germany), April 2018 April 1, 2018
New Names on Catch of the Day (airdate: March 25, 2018) March 27, 2018
Brain waves, etc. March 5, 2018
On Maui, budding virtuosi reach for the stars February 6, 2018
Keyboard moments and more January 15, 2018
Gottfried von Einem at 100 January 5, 2018
From the 12th century to the 21st January 5, 2018
Gottfried von Einem goes toe-to-toe with Verdi December 10, 2017
Musical fantasies December 8, 2017
Travels with Dima December 4, 2017
From the Archives: Yesterday Siberia, Tomorrow the World Connoisseur (June 1990) December 4, 2017
Maui connections: a recap December 2, 2017
California Girls revisited November 30, 2017
La Divina is back again and much, much more November 14, 2017
All but the Hiddleston Hamlet November 12, 2017
In the wings with Philippe Jordan November 10, 2017
Philippe Jordan revives Pelléas and Così November 8, 2017
Lost and found at the Paris Opéra October 31, 2017
Baroque and beyond August 11, 2017
Be yourself: everyone else is taken August 5, 2017
And he called for his divas three June 9, 2017
Songs for all seasons May 4, 2017
From the archives: Jorma Hynninen, Voice of a Nation Connoisseur (June 1985) April 4, 2017
Comparisons are enlightening April 4, 2017
Northward, Ho! March 29, 2017
Horror stories, old American masters, and more March 10, 2017
Moby Met ("Catch of the Day," episode 7) January 27, 2017
Hooked again! (continued) January 23, 2017
Hooked! December 1, 2016
Déjà vu all over again November 21, 2016
Sounds of music for chaotic times November 16, 2016
Pure Gold from Arvo Pärt October 1, 2016
A Love Supreme August 28, 2016
In the wings with Michael Fabiano, tenor July 28, 2016
David Gockley Calls It a Day July 28, 2016
In the wings with Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor March 28, 2016
In memoriam Nikolaus Harnoncourt (December 6, 1929-March 5, 2016) March 7, 2016
Among friends: a new album from Saimir Pirgu February 5, 2016
The Socratic method January 9, 2016
Wagner's Meistersinger in San Francisco December 3, 2015
In memoriam: Yveta Synek Graff November 25, 2015
For Arvo Pärt at 80 October 23, 2015
Jon Vickers, Canadian icon (October 19, 1926-July 10, 2015) The New York Times July 12, 2015
Minimus 3D Arkestra's big break July 4, 2015
Marco Tutino's Two Women, in Puccini's footsteps June 26, 2015
Berlioz meets Virgil: Les Troyens in San Francisco June 24, 2015
Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with bells and whistles June 24, 2015
And did you know that he was married at St. Patrick's? April 3, 2015
Coda: Revisiting Ravenna Opera News April 2015
How Hope Grows January 8, 2015
La Divina Goes Hi-Def Wall Street Journal December 17, 2014
In Vienna, Heady Mix of Messiaen, Boulez, Schubert Classical Voice North America November 4, 2014
What Will Happen to Brooklyn's Shrine to Enrico Caruso? Wall Street Journal February 4, 2014
The Siegfried Complex: In the Wings with Lance Ryan December 21, 2013
Bounty on a Budget Wall Street Journal August 26, 2013
Wagner's "Orphans" Wall Street Journal May 20, 2013
A Big Man Still Dreams of the Big Times The New York Times May 17, 2013
The Solti Legacy Opera News May 2013
Gone Today, Here Tomorrow? Pirgu's Romeo March 12, 2013
Britten's Turn of the Screw from Glyndebourne Opera News March 1, 2013
Wotan's Revenge October 22, 2012
From the Archives: Declassified Samizdat New York Times (originally published February 28, 1999) August 20, 2012
For a Violinist, Success Means A New Low Point The New York Times May 13, 2011
The French New Wave Opera News August 2010
Fiddling While the Midnight Sun Burns The New York Times June 22, 2010
New York's Date With the End of Time The New York Times May 18, 2010
When the Kids Come Out to Play The New York Times March 12, 2010
Herbert von Karajan: Maestro for the Screen Opera News March 2010
As Plain as the Nose on His Stage The New York Times February 24, 2010
Schubert and Beckett: Footsteps in Snow The New York Times December 4, 2009
Riccardo Muti:: Musician of the Year, 2010 Musical America December 2009
A Canadian Whirlwind Hits Town The New York Times August 2, 2009
Composing Concertos in the Key of Rx The New York Times March 29, 2009
Serving Two Cities, Staying True to Each The New York Times February 8, 2009
Reimagining Mahler as He Imagined It The New York Times December 5, 2008
Video Review: 'Tristan und Isolde' Opera News November 2008
New Hands Detonate ‘Doctor Atomic’ The New York Times October 10, 2008
Naming the Nameless (in Sanskrit) The New York Times September 26, 2008
The Weill (Almost) Nobody Knows The New York Times September 7, 2008
The Manager as Double Agent The Wall Street Journal June 3, 2008
A Baton for the Youth of the Americas The New York Times June 1, 2008
Festival Magic Opera News May 2008
Though He'd Played a Strad, A Guarneri Stole His Affections The Wall Street Journal January 29, 2008
The 'Ring' Master Opera News January 2008
In Review: Il Ritorno di Don Calandrino & Oratorio a Quattro Voci Opera News August 2007
Coda: An Aria Returns Opera News March 2007
Coda: Forever Young Opera News June 2006
Evildoer Smithsonian Magazine April 2006
Sound Bites: Christopher Maltman Opera News March 2006
A Night at the Opera Smithsonian Magazine November 2005
The Opera That Chooses the Nuclear Option The New York Times September 25, 2005
Before the Critics, the Physicists Would Like a Word The New York Times September 25, 2005
The Juilliard Agenda Opera News September 2005
The Plot Is True but Not the Love The New York Times March 18, 2005
The Violeta Hour Opera News March 2005
The Crossover Question Opera News October 2004
The Diva Next Door Vogue February 2003
Are Unschooled Audiences Changing the Face of Opera Opera News December 2002
Bass Hit Opera News November 2001
Forget the Callas Legend The Atlantic Monthly April 1999
Dazzling White Nights The Atlantic Monthly April 1998
Giant: Ben Heppner Opera News April 1998
Her Brother's Keeper Opera News March 1998
Maria, Not Callas The Atlantic Monthly October 1997
An Audubon in Sound The Atlantic Monthly March 1997
Explorer: Waltraud Meier Opera News March 1997
Pentimento: The metamorphosis of Beethoven's only opera Opera News July 1996
Thriller: Powerhouse mezzo Dolora Zajick always delivers Opera News March 1996
How Old Is Despina? Opera News February 17, 1996
Don Quixote in Salzburg Opera News June 1995
Kitezh Made Visible Opera News February 4, 1995
Wagner Contender Opera News August 1994
The God's Day Off Opera News April 1993
Bringing Wotan Home Opera News April 1993
Wagnervision Opera News March 1993

Blog Posts

Title Publication Date
Orliński twice over Blog March 29, 2016
Pedantries/Pleasantries: Zeffiretti/Zeffirelli Blog January 9, 2011
Footnote: The Braunfels St. Joan onstage Blog January 9, 2011
A Star Is Born: In the Wings with David Afkham, winner of the first Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award Blog August 15, 2010
Nimble Fingers, Nimble Spirit: In the Wings with David Fray, Pianist Blog January 15, 2010
Lincoln Center at 50 - A Personal and Institutional History Blog July 24, 2009
Because I Was There - Riccardo Muti: "Mr. Drucker, Take a Bow" Blog February 3, 2009

Book Reviews

Book Title Publication Date
The Mind's Ear: Exercises for Improving the Musical Imagination for Performers, Composers, and Listeners, 3rd edition
by Bruce Adolphe
November 8, 2021
The Tomb Guardians
by Paul Griffiths
November 8, 2021
The Woman In the Moonlight
by Patricia Morrisroe
August 3, 2020
Creating "Der Rosenkavalier": From Chevalier to Cavalier
by Michael Reynolds
June 20, 2020
Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting
by John Mauceri
June 28, 2018
Considering Matthew Shepard
by Craig Hella Johnson/Conspirare
September 1, 2016
Franz Schubert: The Complete Songs
by Graham Johnson
Wall Street journal December 12, 2014
The Berlin Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival, 1962 Opera News July 4, 2014
Der Freischütz
by Nationaltheater Mannheim
Opera News October 29, 2013
Tosca (Giacomo Puccini): Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Opera News January 5, 2013

Movie Reviews

Movie Title Publication Date
Rienzi Opera News April 2014
J. S. Bach: Matthäus-Passion Opera News August 2013

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